Shag Harbour hits the Shady

Music program at popular pub continues

The Shag Harbour Band will rock out some high energy East Coast tunes at the Shady Rest Pub this weekend.

Sounds from Canada’s East Coast will emanate from the Shady Rest Pub this weekend as the Shag Harbour Band gets ready for a performance this Saturday night.

Lead singer and guitar player with the group, Dave Arsenault, is originally from Prince Edward Island and said his six older siblings all played the spirited music before him. The now Nanaimo resident said people love the covers his group plays, like The Rankin Family, Great Big Sea and Stan Rogers, particularly because of all the energy they put into their performances.

 “We like to play Celtic music and it shows,” he said.

There will be three of the four band members playing at the Shady this weekend: Arsenault, Shane Dennison from Port Hardy on bass and harmony, and fiddle player Tim Frost from Langford. The squeezebox player from Ottawa will not be able to make the show.

Residents may have seen the band playing at Deez Bar and Grill in Qualicum Beach in the past.

The group will play at the Shady Rest Pub in Qualicum Beach from 7 to 10 p.m. this Saturday, June 11. There is no cover charge. 

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